Where Angels Fear to Tread

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E. M. Forster's first novel, published 1905. It is a tragi‐comedy describing the consequences of the marriage of Lilia Herriton, an impulsive young widow, to the son of an Italian dentist, Gino Carella, whom she meets while touring in Tuscany, ineffectively chaperoned by well‐meaning and romantic spinster Caroline Abbott. Lilia's brother Philip is despatched by his mother, too late, to break off the match. Lilia dies shortly afterwards in childbirth and Philip is despatched once more to rescue the baby. He himself falls in love with Italy and with Miss Abbott, but she falls in love with Gino, the baby is accidentally killed, and all ends in inconclusive loss.

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards).

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E. M. Forster (1879—1970) novelist and essayist

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